DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The cars that comprise the 50 Years of Champions Exhibit presented by Continental Tire will take to the streets of Daytona Beach in a special procession from the Ocean Center to Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 27, 2012.
The procession will leave the Ocean Center on A1A at approximately 9:00 a.m. and will proceed north to Seabreeze Boulevard, at which point they will head west along Mason Avenue to Nova Road then south to International Speedway Boulevard. At ISB, the procession will head west once again and arrive at the Speedway.
The cars will be part of the Rolex 50 Years of Champions charity gala on Jan. 26 at the Ocean Center, an event to help raise money for the Halifax Health Foundation. At the speedway, these championship cars from around the world will be a part of a special exhibit for fans throughout the weekend of the 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The 50 Years of Champions Exhibit presented by Continental Tire is open to fans free of charge and will be located outside the speedway behind the Sprint Tower.
The championship cars will also participate in parade laps around the historic 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway prior to the start of the twice-around-the-clock endurance challenge.
“This procession is a wonderful event for our community and showcases the rich racing history and tradition of Daytona Beach,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey. “We’re thrilled for the 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona and are happy to partner with Daytona International Speedway to be part of this special event. We encourage the local community to come out and see these beautiful vehicles in this once-in-a-lifetime procession.”
“Our sincerest thanks to Mayor Ritchey, the Daytona Beach Police Department and other local officials for their assistance in helping make the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona a truly unforgettable event,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We greatly value our strong local partnerships. Together we continue to showcase the very best of our community to our guests and visitors from around the globe.”
Admissions to the Rolex 50 Years of Champions event are available by contacting the Halifax Health Foundation at (386) 254-4111. This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature the past championship cars on display with a number of the Champion drivers in attendance participating in Q&A’s and interacting with guests.
Tickets to the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and all Daytona International Speedway events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.